Permaculture community-based hostel
The somewhat quirky Farmer’s Yard Hostel started life not as a hostel, but as a community permaculture garden project, and that remains its prime purpose.
“Putting an end to carless tourism” is their motto, and the idea is that if you stay here, you’ll be prepared to do a bit of work in the garden, and become part of the local Balinese community (even for a little while)—it defiantly has a peace and love vibe. The hostel itself is organic and laid back (as you would expect), set in a tiny patch of overgrown garden on a hard-to-find backstreet.
A mural-covered block houses three airy dorms which each open to the garden and offer mozzie-netted bamboo bunkbeds. Dorms are configured with one four-bed and two six-bed options, and depending on bookings, they can offer one as a female-only dorm. Ceiling fans and standing fans try to keep the rooms cool, but when we dropped by in the middle of the day, it was a bit hot, although they are training pumpkin vines to cover to roof to cool it naturally, and an ongoing project is to add more insulation to the roof.
Sizeable lockable draws aren’t big enough for your bag, but plenty big enough for a laptop and other valuables. Each dorm provides a spacious ensuite with (refreshing) cold water only through the bamboo-pipe-style shower. Plenty of bench space and towel racks offer space for goods and chattels (towels provided). The style is natural wood, polished cement and cement tiles and wouldn’t be out of place in a more upmarket resort but although clean and hygienic, don’t expect a resort-style approach to cleanliness.
Farmer’s Yard also offer a couple of simple private doubles in a neighbouring house with a swimmable pond complete with reeds and fish (converted from a regular swimming pool), check with them for prices. Relaxed communal areas are ideal for meeting everyone from barefoot hippies to digital nomads.
Shared meals are a regular occurrence, or you can do your own thing in the kitchen. Read a book from the library, put something out to sell in the “for sale” cabinet, join a volunteer project in a nearby community, or pat the resident cat (or free-range chook if that’s more your spirit totem).
A double-storey open bamboo pavilion was under construction when we dropped by in February 2017, and will add more chill options. If you have a skill to share: electricians, carpenters, gardeners, and others you can subsidise your stay by helping out a little. It’s not all work and no play, the beach is a short scooter ride away and nearby cafes are plentiful.
The easy-going, down-to-earth approach at Farmer’s Yard Hostel feels comfortable and authentic, and we appreciate their attempts at connecting Balinese with travellers, but it won’t be everyone’s cup of soy chai. Note that despite the herby ambience, Farmer’s Yard Hostel has a no drugs policy. We walked past the lane to enter Farmer’s Yard Hostel several times (really), although its address is Gang Jepun, it’s actually in the next unmarked smaller lane north (entered from Gang Tunjung) if you get lost give them a call.
If you’d like to sleep in a more conventional hostel or guesthouse, but still help out in the garden, nearby Terracotta offers comfortable air-con dorms with a pool and Come Back Guesthouse has good-value cute and stylish cottages.
Address: 7C Gang Jepun, Jalan Pantai Berawa
T: (0812) 3788 4444;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º9'11.91" E, 8º38'44.54" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||100,000 rupiah||100,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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